Empathy is a natural phenomenon in humans that promotes social cohesion and group formation. But what happens when that process becomes faulty? Intergroup empathy can be a mechanism that underlies racism and prejudice. Understanding this process and some of the biases that our minds can engage in can be helpful in counteracting these harmful thought processes.
• Identify how empathy promotes group living and social cohesion.
• Define intergroup empathy bias and identify how this impacts interactions with others.
• List strategies for decreasing intergroup empathy bias.
Attend full session, complete evaluation and assessment; active participation in class